Cardamom vs. Cinnamon

Nutrition comparison of Cardamom and Cinnamon


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of cardamom versus cinnamon (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in cardamom and cinnamon:

  • Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in calcium, calories, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, iron and potassium.
  • Cardamom has more thiamin and riboflavin, however, cinnamon contains more pantothenic acid and folate.
  • Cardamom is a great source of protein.
  • Cardamom is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Detailed nutritional comparison of cardamom and cinnamon is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Cardamom (Spices, cardamom) and Cinnamon (Spices, cinnamon, ground) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in calories. Cardamom has 26% more calories than cinnamon - cardamom has 311 calories per 100 grams and cinnamon has 247 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, cardamom is heavier in protein, lighter in carbs and heavier in fat compared to cinnamon per calorie. Cardamom has a macronutrient ratio of 11:77:12 and for cinnamon, 5:96:0 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Cardamom Cinnamon
Protein 11% 5%
Carbohydrates 77% 96%
Fat 12% ~
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carbohydrates

Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in carbohydrates. Cinnamon has 18% more carbohydrates than cardamom - cardamom has 68.5g of total carbs per 100 grams and cinnamon has 80.6g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in dietary fiber. Cinnamon has 90% more dietary fiber than cardamom - cardamom has 28g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and cinnamon has 53.1g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Cardamom has less sugar than cinnamon - cinnamon has 2.2g of sugar per 100 grams and cardamom does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

protein

Cardamom is a great source of protein and it has 170% more protein than cinnamon - cardamom has 10.8g of protein per 100 grams and cinnamon has 4g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both cardamom and cinnamon are low in saturated fat - cardamom has 0.68g of saturated fat per 100 grams and cinnamon has 0.35g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Cardamom is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has 453% more Vitamin C than cinnamon - cardamom has 21mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and cinnamon has 3.8mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Cinnamon has more Vitamin A than cardamom - cinnamon has 15ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and cardamom does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Cinnamon has more Vitamin E than cardamom - cinnamon has 2.3mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and cardamom does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin K

Cinnamon has more Vitamin K than cardamom - cinnamon has 31.2ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and cardamom does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Cardamom has more thiamin and riboflavin, however, cinnamon contains more pantothenic acid and folate. Both cardamom and cinnamon contain significant amounts of niacin and Vitamin B6.

Cardamom Cinnamon
Thiamin 0.198 MG 0.022 MG
Riboflavin 0.182 MG 0.041 MG
Niacin 1.102 MG 1.332 MG
Pantothenic acid ~ 0.358 MG
Vitamin B6 0.23 MG 0.158 MG
Folate ~ 6 UG

Minerals

calcium

Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in calcium. Cinnamon has 162% more calcium than cardamom - cardamom has 383mg of calcium per 100 grams and cinnamon has 1002mg of calcium.

iron

Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in iron. Cardamom has 68% more iron than cinnamon - cardamom has 14mg of iron per 100 grams and cinnamon has 8.3mg of iron.

potassium

Both cardamom and cinnamon are high in potassium. Cardamom has 160% more potassium than cinnamon - cardamom has 1119mg of potassium per 100 grams and cinnamon has 431mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, cardamom has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than cinnamon per 100 grams.

Cardamom Cinnamon
alpha linoleic acid 0.12 G 0.011 G
Total 0.12 G 0.011 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, cardamom has more linoleic acid than cinnamon per 100 grams.

Cardamom Cinnamon
linoleic acid 0.31 G 0.044 G
Total 0.31 G 0.044 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Cardamom (Spices, cardamom) and Cinnamon (Spices, cinnamon, ground) .

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